BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — European Commission officials again postponed a decision on phthalates in PVC toys, after their scientific advisers said June 16 that there are no life-threatening problems with the additives.
The EC is considering restrictions on phthalates in toys, but its latest scientific report said that a Dutch study due out in August will provide more relevant data on human exposure.
The commission's chief advocate for phthalate restrictions, Consumer Affairs Commissioner Emma Bonino, will bring a proposal back July 1, her spokesman said. He would not comment on what action the EC might take, but he said ``we cannot do anything scientifically based'' until after the Dutch study is complete.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission had planned to release a report in June, but that now is likely to be pushed back to sometime later in the summer so CPSC scientists can study European test results, a CPSC spokesman said. Some European studies have suggested problems.
The EC is considering restrictions on phthalates in PVC toys that children under age 3 typically put in their mouths.
The EC debate has prompted an intense lobbying campaign against restrictions on the part of the U.S. government and the toy industry.